It was a smoking opening — literally. Gitane, the French cigarette brand (gitane is French for “gypsy”), is the force behind the hot exhibit that opened Tuesday night at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris. The Salle Sully exhibition hall was crawling with a chic crowd, including many fashion designers, who created the exhibits in Gitane’s fifth annual gypsy-themed presentation.
Everyone from Herve Leger, Xuly Bet and Azzedine Alaia to Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Adeline Andre, Corinne Cobson and Agnes B turned out to show off their creations — interpretations of the word “gypsy.”
Agnes B. took a cerebral approach.
“People are dominated by their cigarettes, smokers spend their time concentrating on their cigarettes, that’s why I did what I did,” she said, explaining her dreamy white-sheeted bed exhibit.
Anna Sui also popped in. She’d been in Italy, working on Iceberg’s Cento per Cento collection and visiting fellow designer Martine Sitbon.
A few days earlier, it was the Jean-Gabrielle Mitterrand gallery that was jumping when sculptor Marina Karella (aka Marina of Greece) showed her work “Totems and Sculptures.” As usual, she was surrounded by her daughters Alexandra and Olga, her husband Michael and a flock of friends.